Until our gratefulness toward life no longer requires a happy feeling to hold its hand to be able to make its way out of our heart, we do not yet know the real nature of gratitude, nor its secret spiritual Cause.
True gratitude is the only water that can douse the flames of desire.
One’s pleasures do not necessarily hold feelings of gratitude, but being grateful is always a pleasure.
Any pleasure that a person takes from this life that does not simultaneously include a conscious sense of gratitude for that pleasure being received is always an incomplete pleasure. Incomplete pleasures and insatiable desires are the opposing yet complementary two wings of the thorn birds that, one moment lift the soul above the earth, and the next, drop it to dash it against the ground.
Seen through the eyes of higher self-knowledge, our weaknesses, whatever their nature, are (each) the secret seed of a new strength unlike anything imagined in our unending dream of overcoming what now defeats us.